Private Lessons and Master Classes


The Department of Music maintains a growing roster of experienced private instructors available to teach University of Chicago students on campus.  Our affiliated private instructors hold advanced degrees from such prestigious conservatories as Indiana University, the Juilliard School, the Ryan Opera Center, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Rice University, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Southern California, and more.

Some University of Chicago students choose to study with other acclaimed musicians in the Chicago area, such as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, or with faculty members at DePaul University or Northwestern University School of Music.  Generally, such lesson arrangements require the student to audition for the particular teacher in order to be accepted into his or her studio, and students are often required to travel to another Chicago area location for lessons. 

All financial arrangements for private lessons are made directly with the teacher, rather than through the University.  Tuition dollars cannot be used for private lessons, nor does the student receive any degree credit for taking private music lessons. Music lesson subsidies are awarded annually to select students by audition.

Affiliated Private Teachers

Students at Chicago have many choices in selecting a private teacher in applied music.  Many of the Department of Music ensemble directors and performance faculty are also available to teach private lessons on campus.  

For contact information for affiliated private teachers, send an e-mail request to  For specific recommendations for private teachers, contact Director of Performance Programs Barbara Schubert or Director of Choral Activities James Kallembach.

Master Classes

A variety of master classes, taught by local Chicago-area professionals and/or visiting guest artists, take place on campus each quarter.  These master classes involve University of Chicago student performers, focusing on repertoire of their choice, and are free and open to the public to attend and observe.  In general, the Chamber Music Program hosts three or four master classes per season, often involving Artists-in-Residence the Spektral Quartet; the Piano Program sponsors three to four piano master classes per year;  and the Vocal Studies Program presents three or four vocal master classes annually.  Additional master classes for woodwind, brass, or string players, led by guest soloists appearing with the University Symphony Orchestra or artists performing on the UChicago Presents concert series, are likewise scheduled each season.

Check the quarterly calendar for full information about this year's master classes on campus.